“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know,” he wrote in his resignation letter. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
In January he announced he would be taking a medical leave of absence from the company due to his battle with Cancer but was able to return in March in time to launch the iPad 2.This wasn’t the first time Steve had to stop working due to illness – we hope this time around that this is not the case.
Jobs went on to say that it was time to ‘execute the succession plan’ by naming Tim Cook as CEO. Cook, a former COO of the company and Jobs’ replacement when he’d been off ill, was widely tipped to takeover the role. “The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” said board member Art Levinson, chairman of Biotech firm Genentech, in a prepared statement.
In Steve’s resignation letter to the board he also wrote: “I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it, I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.”
We all hope that Steve continues to play a role in the development of Apple as some of his creations, love ’em or hate ’em, have changed the way we communicate, shaped our future and set incredibly high standards for the industry as a whole.
Tim Cook has got a tough job filling those boots.
We take a look back at some of Job’s best moments:
Steve Jobs demos Apple Macintosh 1984
The first iMac introduction
The first iPod Keynote 2001
Introducing the new iPhone
Apple iPad Keynote 2010
This is indeed a sad day for Apple and a sad day for the iLoving customer base that Steve has helped nurture and develop. Without his guidance and innovation this corporate giant could start to dwindle – what do you think?